Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) returns to the high country for a fifth year with its celebration of adventure, play and creativity from August 9–18, 2019. From aerial artistry and in-river performance installations to gypsy folk-punk and the return of a stone-hearted troll, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado.

The 2019 festival features a variety of eco-minded performances and exhibitions, including new commissions by Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari, American art collective The Canary Project (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris) and Danish artist and designer Thomas Dambo who returns to Breckenridge to create a new wooden troll sculpture. In addition to outdoor installations, trailside concerts and open-air cinematic events, BIFA will also present transcontinental rockers DeVotchKa in support of their new album, multimedia artist DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) in a musical exploration of geological phenomena, and renowned vertical dance company BANDALOOP in a series of site-reactive performances in and around town. 

Along with an eclectic mix of national and international creatives, the festival also showcases visual and performing artists from throughout the state, including Gretchen Marie Schaeffer, Tara Rynders, Cortney McGuire, Jess Webb, Chimney Choir, Russick Smith, Kevin Larkin, Karen Lauffer, Jess Rose, Patrick O’Halloran, Kenn Lee, Beau Thomas, Leon Joseph Littlebird, Nina Waters, DeWater & Wagner, and many more.

Funding for BIFA is generously provided by the Town of Breckenridge, National Endowment for the Arts and Colorado Creative Industries, with additional media support from Mountain Living.

Photo credits: BANDALOOP images by Basil Tsimoyianis and Braden Mayfield; Trail Mix images by Joe Kusumoto; Isak Heartstone by Thomas Dambo, image by Jenise Jensen; Contrappunto by Giuseppe Licari, image by Uli Westphalt; outdoor movie image by Jenise Jensen.